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U.S. Prohibition

When liquor was banned in the United States Read more >>

In January 1920, the "sale, production, importation, and transportation" of alcohol was banned in the United States. During the ensuing years, many American citizens broke this federal law by making their own "bath tub gin" or "moonshine." Prohibition ended in 1933, just in time to help Americans deal with the devastating effects of the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl. << Read less

Band leader Ted Lewis, with a bevy of beauties, toasting the end of Prohibition - with beer?
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Voting for or against Prohibition: The man in the glasses is Raymond Elwin Scribner Sr. This was taken in Maine.
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This is my grandmother, Constance Lee Sharp and her brother, Robert Sharp, marching for temperance in Evanston Illinois about 1912. Her grandmother, Clara Morgan Chapin, was an influential member of the WCTU for passage of the 18th amendment.
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A photo of Etta Mae (Waid) Miller taken in Ingham County, Michigan 1928. This is an article about her that said that she had just been convicted for the 4th time of selling liquor and may be sent to prison for life.
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Etta Mae (Waid) Miller
May 5, 1880 - Jun 8, 1955
Lansing, MI, United States
Etta Mae (Waid) Miller: She was my grandmother & was the daughter of Abraham Waid & Eliza Fisk. She was also found INNOCENT of the crime that they say she committed. She was born May 5, 1880 in MI, & died in June 8,1955 in Lansing, MI. Abraham was the son of Andrew Gilbert Waid. The Waid's came from Crawford Co.,PA She married Charles Phillips, Oct. 3, 1898 in Howell, MI. They had a son, Fred Phillips. She married Alvin Miller April 16, 1904 in Howell, MI. There children were Frank, Eliza, & Alvira.
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Etta Mae (Waid) Miller
May 5, 1880 - Jun 8, 1955
Lansing, MI, United States
This is a photo of [...] 15th International Congress against alcoholism added by Ancient Faces on January 11, 2012.
This is a photo of 15th International Congress against alcoholism added by Ancient Faces on January 11, 2012.
This is a photo of Anti Prohibition group, 1/21/24 added by Ancient Faces on January 11, 2012.
This is a photo of W.A. Green, Chief Prohibition Inspector, 9/5/25 added by Ancient Faces on January 11, 2012.
Chemist G. F. Beyer of the Internal Revenue Bureau is here shown using a pipette into which he is drawing a quantity of bootleg whiskey to analyze.
A photo of a whiskey warehouse during Prohibition.
A photo of a Tombstone dedicated to John Barleycorn giving his death as January 16, 1920, the date of the ratification of the 18th Amendment, on the grounds of the 1711 Club in Meriden, Conn
William David Upshaw served as vice-president of the Georgia Anti-Saloon league in 1906 and served in Congress from 1919 through 1927. A member of the temperance movement, William Upshaw earned his nickname as the "driest of the drys". Of course, this is in reference to his firm beliefs that alcohol should be banned by the government. In this image taken on April 20th, 1926, Georgia Representative William D. Upshaw is standing on the railing holding an umbrella over the dome of the U.S. Capitol, demonstrating his efforts to keep the United States dry of alcohol. Notice the crutch that William used for 66 years of his life which was the result of an injury he had at 18 years old when he fell on the crosspiece of a hay wagon and fractured his spine. William David Upshaw was born October 15th, 1866 and died on November 21st, 1952.
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William David Upshaw
Oct 16, 1866 - Nov 21, 1952
Representative John Phillip Hill of Maryland, determined to keep the country wet (pouring water from water can onto globe).
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John Phillip Hill
Born: 1879
A Consignment recently received from Phila., Pa.: 749 cases of beer (18,000) bottles were today destroyed in the District of Columbia
Governor James P. Goodrich of Indiana, surrounded by prominent Prohibition supporters as a signs a bill to keep Indiana dry.
Truck loads of beer enroute to Chicago, which were waylaid and captured at Zion City, Ill. ... all bottles were destroyed
Woman putting flask in her Russian boot, Washington, D.C.
This is a photo of A Pair of "bootlegs" found in the office of Lincoln C.... added by Ancient Faces on January 10, 2012.
Man seated on pier, with pipe in his mouth, fishing on the Potomac River, as dog trained to detect liquor takes a bottle from his back pocket.
Remains of a borrowed Stutz touring car after running into a tree at seventy miles an hour, in which the bootlegger driver was killed and fifty gallons of corn liquor was destroyed and confiscated
This is a photo of Bottles and barrel of confiscated whiskey added by Ancient Faces on January 10, 2012.
W. Hurd Clendinen (or Clendenin?), mayor of Zion City, pouring away two bottles of beer.
Cases of confiscated liquor stacked in corner of room with barred doors.
Two men standing outdoors with small still, one of them holding up bottle of liquor]
Mrs. Graze Knippen of Zion City holding up bottle of beer as she helps get rid of the beer.
The closed canteen and the open dive / Keppler. Puck (to Prohibition) Look around: See whom you benefit while you keep that sluice-gate shut!
Said prohibition Maine to prohibition Georgia: "Here's...
After a thrilling chase through the busiest streets of Washington, ... a couple of bootleggers and their car come to grief at the hands of the Capitol police
This is a photo of Masked criminal at the grave of John Barleycorn added by Ancient Faces on January 9, 2012.
This is a photo of National Conference, World Wide Prohibition, Columbus,... added by Ancient Faces on January 9, 2012.
This is a photo of Thirteenth Annual Convention of the Anti-Saloon League of... added by Ancient Faces on January 9, 2012.
This is a photo of Anti-Saloon League at Washington, D.C., Dec. 8, 1921 added by Ancient Faces on January 9, 2012.
This is a photo of Golden Jubilee and Fifteenth Annual Convention,... added by Ancient Faces on January 9, 2012.
This is a photo of Sixteenth Convention, Anti-Saloon League of America at... added by Ancient Faces on January 9, 2012.
This is a photo of Golden Jubilee and fifteenth annual convention, the... added by Ancient Faces on January 9, 2012.
A photo of Carrie Nation in 1904: "Mrs. Carrie Nation of Kansas, antagonist of the liquor traffic."
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Carrie Amelia (Moore) Nation
Nov 25, 1846 - Jun 9, 1911
This is a photo of Prohibition Unit (Cow Shoes), 6/28/24 added by Ancient Faces on January 9, 2012.
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